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Old 07-24-2020, 04:02 AM   #1
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Ram 1500 concerns

I have a 2020 Ram 1500 Quad cab with a 3.6L Pentastar v6 8 speed 845RE tranny and 3.21 rear axle ratio
It has a GVWR of 6800lbs.
At the Ram towing and payload site my VIN# states 1446 lb payload and Max Towing of 4496 lbs.

I've been looking at Wolf pups and R pods with a UVW of around 3000lbs.

I live in Connecticut and plan to travel to the west coast a couple times a year.

Should I look for a lighter TT or would I be OK in that weight range?

I've been reading for days and I'm still uncertain.
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Old 07-24-2020, 04:57 AM   #2
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I had a Toyota FJ Cruiser with a 4.0 v-6 and pulled a dual axled 3500 lb TT for 8 years all over. The only issues I had were in the mountains. It strained when going up any hills, and would downshift a couple of gears every time. It was tough not to redline it sometimes.

The RAM is a good, strong vehicle, but I don't see you going into those top two cruising gears unless you are going downhill. I'm pretty sure the key to traveling with this combo is to go as light as possible. Leave non-essential items at home. Don't stock up on food items (especially bulk or canned goods) as this stuff adds weight to your already challenged operating range. If you intend on most of your traveling being in the flatlands, your rig should serve you well.

I don't know your financial situation, and I won't pry, but if you want to to take a lot of stuff with you, I would start with a bigger power plant such as a v-8, 6.0 or better. A smaller v-8 could work for you also, but you would still have to be conservative on the weight. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 07-24-2020, 05:17 AM   #3
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I have a 2020 Ram 1500 Quad cab with a 3.6L Pentastar v6 8 speed 845RE tranny and 3.21 rear axle ratio
It has a GVWR of 6800lbs.
At the Ram towing and payload site my VIN# states 1446 lb payload and Max Towing of 4496 lbs.

I've been looking at Wolf pups and R pods with a UVW of around 3000lbs.

I live in Connecticut and plan to travel to the west coast a couple times a year.

Should I look for a lighter TT or would I be OK in that weight range?

I've been reading for days and I'm still uncertain.
you need to post what the driver's door yellow sticker says is your payload, not a website. it'll say something like "Occupants and cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs".
i live on the West Coast and i can tell you that you'll need torque and a 3.6 NA v-6 won't have it.
that 3.21 ratio doesn't help either.

bottom line is that your truck is a grocery getter and spec'd for gas mileage and not for towing. Sorry to be brutal but it is what it is.
i would go for the smallest TT you can handle.
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Old 07-24-2020, 06:00 AM   #4
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UVW + CCC is the number you want to go by. Gross trailer weight is what you will likely be towing once you put goods in it. If the Pod you are looking at comes in at 4400 GTW or less then ok.
Your truck will do ok in the Mid Atlantic but it’ll scream going over the Rockies.
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Old 07-24-2020, 04:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies.

Yellow sticker on the door says 1447 for payload.

I thought the Ram owners towing website gave specific information for your VIN#.(no vin no info)...but I'm a newbie. and I do appreciate ALL the help I can get.

My last truck had the same specs, I'm a carpenter and travel 600 miles a week minimum...it went 200,00 miles zero problems...That's why I got the same truck again.
But now the wife says she'd like to get a TT, she's retired and I can retire the end of the year.

I've only towed my 8ft lanscape trailer and 12ft box trailer around town....but cross country with a TT has got to be much different.

So...is the rule of thumb GTW 20% less than your towing capacity?
That would put me around 3600lbs for GTW.
I'd be OK mid atlantic and flat lands but struggle in the rockies?

Just trying to match a TT trailer to my TV.
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Old 07-24-2020, 04:41 PM   #6
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You should be fine but you will feel it in the mountains.
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3.6 V6 with a 3.21 rear axle, that's not a truck, that's a car. Yeah, the manufacturers have to do something to meet the mpg standards.

Anyway, the trailers you are looking at you will be fine. Yes you will feel it on long tows uphill. Yes you will really feel it in the Rockies, but, if you are in no hurry, you can chug up the steep grades with the 18 wheelers. No biggie.
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Old 07-25-2020, 10:22 AM   #8
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Thanks for the replies.

Yellow sticker on the door says 1447 for payload.

I thought the Ram owners towing website gave specific information for your VIN#.(no vin no info)...but I'm a newbie. and I do appreciate ALL the help I can get.

My last truck had the same specs, I'm a carpenter and travel 600 miles a week minimum...it went 200,00 miles zero problems...That's why I got the same truck again.
But now the wife says she'd like to get a TT, she's retired and I can retire the end of the year.

I've only towed my 8ft lanscape trailer and 12ft box trailer around town....but cross country with a TT has got to be much different.

So...is the rule of thumb GTW 20% less than your towing capacity?
That would put me around 3600lbs for GTW.
I'd be OK mid atlantic and flat lands but struggle in the rockies?

Just trying to match a TT trailer to my TV.
Ignore that 20% rule, I havenít seen that printed anywhere. I donít see the trailer weight youíre looking at to be a problem. As mentioned, youíll feel it in the mountains but should be doable.
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Old 07-25-2020, 10:46 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies again.

We were hoping to be able to get the RP-179 or 180
If we had to stay with the RP-171....then that's what I would get.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:10 PM   #10
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No more concerns

Regarding my last post...Ram 1500 Concerns

I just bought a 2020 Ford F250 Super Cab XL/STX with FX4 package
It has the UTT Camera Pro trailer backup assist

My new numbers are:

7.3L gas with 10 speed 3.55 gears 6 3/4 Bed
GVWR 10000 lbs.
GCWR 21800 lbs.
Payload sticker 3029 lbs.
Max towing 14700 lbs.
Max tongue wt. 1500 lbs.

I think I'll be good now when we get our 18 to 20 foot Travel Trailer.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:26 PM   #11
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Nice looking truck. You going to love the way it pulls.
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That new 7.3 is a strong motor
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Old 10-20-2020, 05:16 PM   #13
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you now have the truck to pull that one easy and enough to pull even bigger. Congrats
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Awesome. I could see a new truck in your future. Something about the post title!
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Regarding my last post...Ram 1500 Concerns

I just bought a 2020 Ford F250 Super Cab XL/STX with FX4 package....

My new numbers are:......
Payload sticker 3029 lbs......
Congrats on the new truck! I will be interested to hear your long-term thoughts on the 7.3.

With that payload, you could always buy something slightly smaller than an Rpod and put it in the bed!
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